Richard Vogel Notches His First FEI Win at 2022 WEF

Richard Vogel Notches His First FEI Win at 2022 WEF

The series of Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup classes continued on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Richard Vogel (GER) sped to the win in the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round One CSI3* with Caramba 92, owned by Horse Management GMBH.

In addition to top national hunter, equitation, and jumper competition, WEF Week One showcases CSI3* classes through Sunday, January 13. The featured classes this week include the $140,000 Southern Arches Grand Prix CSI3* for “Saturday Night Lights,” as well as the $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic on Sunday.

Fifty-seven combinations challenged Anthony D’Ambrosio’s (USA) and Andy Christiansen Jr.’s (ECU) first-round course, but only nine were able to finish fault free. Last to jump cleanly was McLain Ward (USA), who elected to withdraw from the jump-off, which left eight riders vying for the top spot.

First to go over the short course was Conor Swail (IRL) and Asia Torokvei’s Gamble, who set the time to beat at 38.66 seconds. They would have to settle for a fourth-place finish. Lauren Balcomb (AUS) and her horse Verdini D’Houtveld Z shaved fractions of a second off of Swail’s time, ultimately finishing in third place in 38.63 seconds. Then it was Daniel Bluman (ISR) whose quick, short turns helped him overtake the lead in 37.15 seconds with Over the Top Stables LLC’s Cachemire de Braize. In the end, it was Vogel and Caramba 92 who rode to the win in 37.07 seconds.

An animated Vogel was not anticipating a win in Thursday’s feature class.

He said, “I was very happy with the round, but I didn’t expect a win today, because normally in the first days he’s a little bit spooky. I was very, very happy that he was actually so good today already, because normally he gets better and better the more rounds he gets. I hope we can keep that.”

Caramba 92 has been with Vogel for about two years. The 11-year-old gelding by Comme Il Faut 5 x Baloubet du Rouet is the best of Vogel’s string here in Wellington. Because of Caramba’s potential, Vogel is taking a measured approach to Caramba’s show schedule for the WEF circuit.

“We can’t ask for any better here [at WEF], so for us it’s the best place to bring the horses along,” he noted.